I don't like politics and what's happening in the presidential primary elections is exactly why. I would like to punch Mike Huckabee and John McCain in the face. However, that behavior would not be in keeping with a Christian lifestyle. And since I am Mormon (and, therefore, Christian), I am trying to limit my un-Christlike behavior. Instead, I will simple voice my issues with these two candidates over the soundless waves of the blogosphere and in my own little way, say "no, I do not support and will not tolerate the childlike and unethical behavior which they have exhibited." Of course, before I proceed, I must say that I am a Romney supporter and voted for him in the primary tonight. I'm, therefore, a tad biased. However, my support for Romney has nothing to do with the disgust I feel due to the behavior of two grown men.
Let's start with Huckabee. Mike Huckabee is a Baptist minister who doesn't have a chance of winning the presidential nomination. And yet, he remains in the race. Why? So he can take votes away from Mitt Romney. Romney happens to be the candidate who most closely shares Huckabee's political views. If Huckabee can't win, why wouldn't he want the candidate who is most similar to him politically to get the nomination? (*whisper*It's because Mitt's Mormon and Huckabee doesn't think Mormons are Christians). So, here we have a Baptist minister - a man of God, so to speak - showing intolerance to another man because of his beliefs. Nice, Mike. Way to be an example of Christlike behavior. And here's the kicker - he's not just showing intolerance, he is staying in the race to purposely hurt and diminish Mitt's chances of winning. Are Mormons that bad? So bad that you would compromise your values and risk your standing with God to keep him out of office? I had no idea we were such bad people. I could go on and on, but I need to go to bed. Suffice it to say, I would play punchface with Mike Huckabee in a heartbeat.
Now for McCain. McCain is a war vet who is leading the race for the republican presidential nomination. In his own words, he is "the Republican party front-runner." And yet, he still feels the need to make deals with Huckabee to pull votes from Romney to further hurt his campaign. In the West Virginia GOP caucuses, Romney was ahead, with Huckabee in second and McCain in third. So what did McCain and Huckabee do? They had all of the McCain supporters back Huckabee, moving him into the lead and taking the win from Romney. Yes - it's true. Two grown men behaved like little children in a schoolyard game. And these are the men who are campaigning to be the President of the United States of America! Politics and the stupid, unethical games that go on complete disgust me.
The sad part is that McCain will almost certainly get the Republican nomination. Unfortunately, America tolerates this behavior, even rewards it. When George Washington was made President of the United States, it was a position he didn't want. He didn't want the power and authority that came with it, but for the good of the nation, he did what he considered his duty. Now we have grown men stooping to whatever unethical level necessary to even have a chance at that power. It scares me to think what further levels they would stoop to to wield that power if it was given to them. To have that kind of a person as the President of the United States and one of the most influential leaders in the world is a scary thing. Sadly, it appears that with all of our technological, industrial, economical, and other advancements, we really haven't come very far in this country. I cannot, in good conscience, support McCain and his apparent lack of ethics and values. It looks like the Republicans have lost another vote.